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“Rolf, the mandolin-playing terrier, was regularly featured on Art Nudnick’s Musical Menagerie. The Sunday afternoon variety program was a hit for the better part of 1925.”

Photo ‘discovered’ by the NYPR Archives Dept. on April 1, 2004 and used in the WNYC History Notes e-newsletter. Thanks to former Senior Archivist Cara McCormick.

We’re getting in on the whole animated gif thing and our first one is this delightful illustration from the Paris Music Hall collection in our Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscripts Library.

The original image used for this animation is a design by George Barbier, who has four other images also in the gallery.

We’d like to say a special thanks to University of Iowa Special Collections uispeccoll for inspiration and to smithsonianlibraries and their tutorial for convincing us we could do it, even with very little experience. 


1964, Scan from The Beatles Unseen Archives

Live across America…

The Beatles play pass-the-phone at their New York Press conference. From their suite at the Plaza Hotel the boys innocently take some real calls, which turn out to be from DJs. Many of these go out on the air, and when Epstein discovers what is going on, he is furious at the small fortune’s worth of interview material that they have given away for free.

Tickets for the “Love Metal Archives Tour” with HIM are available now at

12/09 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
12/10 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
12/11 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
12/12 - Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore
12/16 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theatre
12/17 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
12/18 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
12/19 - Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay Resort